What are some items that should not be used as dog toys?
Dogs are curious creatures and will most likely try to turn many things into toys unless they are told not to by their owners. Dogs have an innate desire to chew, so it’s important to monitor what your dog chews so that he or she does not destroy items that are not toys, and also don’t get hurt in the process.
Some items that should not be used as dog toys include shoes, socks, plastic bottles, wooden objects and anything that is sharp or could splinter. If you let your dog chew on some shoes and socks, he is likely to want to chew on all shoes and socks (not just ones that you approve). Don’t get in a habit of letting your dog chew on any item of clothing so that he knows that all clothing items are off limits.
Plastic bottles, wooden objects and anything that is sharp or could splinter have the ability to harm a dog if the dog is allowed to chew and play with those items. Pieces of plastic or wood can cut the inside of a dog’s mouth and gums, or be ingested. If ingested, the pieces could damage the dog’s gastrointestinal tract, and also be painful when exiting the dog’s body.